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Lateral view of a Female Hexagenia limbata (Ephemeridae) (Hex) Mayfly Dun from the Namekagon River in Wisconsin
Hex Mayflies
Hexagenia limbata

The famous nocturnal Hex hatch of the Midwest (and a few other lucky locations) stirs to the surface mythically large brown trout that only touch streamers for the rest of the year.

Ventral view of a Hydropsyche (Hydropsychidae) (Spotted Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
With a bit of help from the microscope, this specimen keys clearly and unsurprisingly to Hydropsyche.
27" brown trout, my largest ever. It was the sub-dominant fish in its pool. After this, I hooked the bigger one, but I couldn't land it.
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Flytyerinpa
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Pottsville Pa

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Flytyerinpa on Feb 23, 2017February 23rd, 2017, 7:58 am EST
I've been hearing a lot about UV cement, head cement etc, I know its been out for a while, but I've never used any of it. So my question is, is it any good ? or is it just another hype to sell something new, when you hit it with light does it get rock hard ? or semi hard?
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Feb 23, 2017February 23rd, 2017, 10:45 am EST
Yes, it is fantastic! It gives me the nicest fly heads I've ever achieved in just one step. I'm fussy about how my heads look on streamers and I used to apply no less than two and often three coats of medium viscosity head cement so when I was done the head would look very smooth add there would be no visual evidence of the thread wraps.

Now I apply a couple of tiny drops of UV resin and zap it with a Loon UV light and in no more than 10 seconds I have a perfectly shaped and hard head.

Here is a link to a good starter kit. My starter kit cam with two cartridges of UV resin and the UV light. When you run out of resin you can buy a 1 ounce tube of Loon Knot Sense and remove the front end of the Bondic cartridge and fill it up with the Knot Sense and you are good to go again.

http://notaglue.com/

The head on this streamer was completed with one application of the Bondic UV material.

Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.

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